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5 Dysfunctions of a Team

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A team member came in today wondering why he has never received our group’s MVP award. I just shook my head and tried not to say anything (I did manage to crack a joke, but quickly regretted it). For what it’s worth, I got to thinking about the 5 Dysfunctions of a Team.

You see, at work we practice what my boss likes to call “corporate agile.” Inside our lab environment, it’s a very traditional agile team with the entire team taking accountability for all work done in the lab. We do suffer from some dysfunctions at varying degree (fear of conflict, most notably IMO), but in general we’re a smooth running ship. Outside the lab, it’s a traditional cubicle farm, with most folks at their desks doing the sole task they own or gossiping away about one thing or other. Hence, the existence of our MVP awards.

The point is that the tenants of agile in and of themselves tend to blow away the five dysfunctions. Every person is a part of the team and although we don’t always do the best work for one reason or another, we take pride in what we do. MVP awards (or insert your favorite corporate award here) tend to call people out individually, creating unneeded emotional and personal conflicts in a team oriented environment.

If anything, a good job by a team member should be mentioned in the daily scrum and left at that. Everybody on the team knows who the natural leaders and “superstars” are, but everybody is expected to come up to that level, with or without routine feedback. Awards are best awarded to the team, IMO.

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Written by Nelson

August 23, 2007 at 3:45 am

Posted in Miscellaneous

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